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An allegation of academic theft at heart of UCLA shooting

An allegation of academic theft at heart of UCLA shooting

The gunman was dead. Beside him, two semiautomatic pistols, extra magazines and a backpack.

Mainak Sarkar, a former doctoral student, had killed himself after storming through a UCLA building and fatally shooting a highly regarded professor inside a small fourth-floor office.

But the note Sarkar left behind kept authorities on edge. It listed a home address in St. Paul, Minn., nearly 2,000 miles away. There was also a request. Could someone check on his cat?

That led authorities to search the 38-year-old’s home, where they discovered a “kill list” with three names: William Klug, the professor fatally shot Wednesday; another UCLA professor, who is...

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